I’ve only ever used one brand of toner which is Clarins Toning Lotion with Iris, and I enjoyed it from the first use so I’ve never felt the need to buy another toner. I do sometimes wonder whether there are better toners out there that I’m missing out on, so I’m glad to have the opportunity to try this Cowshed toner from Julys Look Fantastic box. My Look Fantastic booklet says:
“A spritz on toner is a refsreshing alternative to traditional sweep on toners, with the coolness of lavender and chamomile to soothe your skin through the summer months. Free from parabens and artificial colours, it’s a ,use-have for everyone on those sweltering days.”
This is a 50ml sample of the toner. Full size it’s available in bottles of 250ml, and the best price I found was £14.15 + p&p from allbeauty,com. I like to cost my samples so that I can value my box at the end of the month. Based on the full price bottle, this toner is 5p per ml, or approximately £2.83 for the bottle.
If you read the paragraph from the Look Fantastic booklet, and looked at the photo in confusion you aren’t the only one, I did the same! Despite describing this as a spritz on toner I’ve definitely got a traditional pour out toner. I don’t mind, but the paragraph did make it sound good! The toner is packaged in a clear plastic bottle with a black shiny lid. The front of the bottle has a white label with the brand and product written on it. The label uses black, grey and green and there is a picture of the outline of a flower – the whole feel of the bottle is quite natural. The back of the label has the ingredients (above), company contact information and place of manufacture (England). The label explains this is suitable for vegetarians, and that Cowshed are committed to using natural products. The label also says:
“This revitalising, alcohol-free toner removes surface impurities and prepares the skin for moisturising. Chamomile is renowned for its soothing, cooling effect on the skin. Enhanced with lavender for its restorative qualities.”
Directions: After cleansing, sweep onto skin with cotton wool in upward movements. For all skin types.
The bottle has a clever plastic cap which only lets drops of toner out at a time. On the one hand it’s a great way to make sure you don’t accidentally let out too much toner, but on the other hand if you like a damp cotton wool pad it involves a lot of shaking! The toner smells fresh and natural, as you might expect from something based on chamomile and lavender. I choose to do a fair amount of shaking to moisten my cotton wool pad, and start sweeping it over my skin. The toner feels cooling and afterwards my skin feels fresh, and the scent of herbs lingers a little while longer.
I’ve enjoyed using this toner, but no more or no less than I enjoy using my current toner. I’m a little bit disappointed that I didn’t get a spritzy version to see if the application method made any difference, but knowing me I’d probably accidentally spray myself in the eye or something so it’s probably for the best. I’m going to continue to use this toner until it runs out for a nice change, but then I’m going to return to my much loved Clarins toner. It’s certainly been nice to try something new though.